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August 11, 2020 - Crain’s 2020 “Notable in Health Care” list recognizes NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst’s Emergency Department team for their heroic response to the COVID-19 peak in Queens.

At the peak of the pandemic, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst’s ED team worked relentlessly at the facility in the heart of a community devastated by the virus. Elmhurst’s ED team quickly ramped up operations to treat surges of critically ill patients. In response, the remarkable staff signed up for extra shifts, stayed for longer hours and worked tirelessly to care for the patients who needed them most. Those redeployed from other areas of the hospital into the ED also played a critical role in the hospital’s response to the pandemic. The team is recognized for displaying extraordinary resilience in its response to deliver care despite the difficult and harrowing circumstances during the surge.

“The Emergency Department at Elmhurst Hospital served their community heroically during the peak of Queens’ COVID-19 crisis. By signing up for extra shifts and working long, late hours, the staff showed a selfless commitment to helping their neighbors in need, said State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky. “In doing so, they saved countless lives. We are not done fighting this pandemic, but our community is in a much better place than we were just a few months ago, and we owe a great deal of gratitude to the Elmhurst Hospital ED for helping us weather the brunt of the storm.”

"Congratulations to NYC Health + Hospitals and the entire Elmhurst Hospital team on this well-deserved recognition," said NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-Elmhurst, Jackson Heights). "These first responders and essential workers are our heroes. They have worked night and day under extremely challenging conditions to protect our City throughout the pandemic. I salute them for their lifesaving work and am thrilled that they are receiving these accolades from Crain's. We will never forget the sacrifices they made and continue to make to keep us healthy and safe."